Mr Navin Khanna was educated in India and Graduated from Delhi University in 1982 with B Com. He was always an active and accomplished sportsman and was Captain of the University basketball team, and represented The State of Delhi at both swimming and basketball.
On leaving Delhi University, he spent 2 years in Dallas; The first year he studied oil and gas technology and was the joined the staff of Can Ocean Resources Inc. It was hoped that a JV would be formed in India with this US Company to develop and market these energy sources.
1985-1990 Navin lived in London and was responsible for the family’s business interests including the operations of the Halcyon Hotel This was a boutique hotel in Holland Park with an international reputation.
1990 Navin returned to India and became responsible for the commodity trading side of the family business. The list of clients is extensive and first class and includes the following companies in its portfolio:
• The export of Iron Ore to BHP Billiton’s Steel Industry & Steel to Cargill International, USA
• Misr Aluminium of Egypt for import of Aluminium Ingots on a long term basis and export of Calcined Petroleum Coke and Alumina
• Arranging for the first evergreen contracts for its Overseas Principals on the supply of Fertilizers, Phos Acid, Rock Phosphates
• Acting as Indian Representatives of M/s Tate & Lyle, Sugar Trading, UK for import and export of Raw and White Sugar into/from India.
In 1995 Navin was appointed as a Director of Allied Domecq Spirit & Wine (India) Pvt Ltd, a Joint Venture with the second largest liquor multinational in the world, Allied Domecq Spirits & Wines Ltd, and through this joint venture, has successfully established brands such as Teacher’s and Old Smuggler which are market leaders in the Scotch Whisky segment in India. Navin also captained the Teachers polo team.
In 2004 Oilex Pvt Ltd was formed and took over much of the commodity trading from the original business. Navin is the Executive Director of this company based in New Delhi, India and has been involved with the commercial running of this organisation for the last 5 years.
Oilex whilst still trading has reduced its exposure as Navin has explored other international opportunities.
Because of his association with the London restaurants owned by the family trust, he has been exploring for some time the concept of opening an upmarket Indian restaurant in America, and has recently formed a company for this purpose. The new restaurant was opened in Newport Beach, California on 14th November 2011. The very successful launch of this new enterprise gives confidence that with careful management of this investment the business will be a successful addition to Navin’s existing business portfolio.